DHUG East 2023

September 19, 2023
American Society of Civil Engineers Bechtel Conference Center
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Start End Event Speakers Description
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Coffee   Just like it says!
9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Heather Kotula, VP, Marketing and Communications, Access Innovations, Inc. Introduce yourself in this group setting so we get to know each other.
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Opening Session: Features Update Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President; Jay Ven Eman, CEO; and David Levy, CTO, Access Innovations, Inc. Hear about recent software updates and changes at Access Innovations.
10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Networking Break   Refill your cup, grab some nibbles, and meet someone new!
11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Vocabulary Use, Development, and Rule Writing at PLI Ian Galloway and Mary McCleod, Practising Law Institute (PLI) Ian Galloway and Mary MacLeod of Practising Law Institute (PLI) will present on how they utilize the Access Innovations software, including the MAI Rule Builder. They will discuss how controlled vocabularies are used within their organization, talk about a recent rule-writing project, and share some best practices. The impact of rule writing on vocabulary development will be explored, and they will close with some next steps towards a data-driven approach.
11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Progress on the Content Management Initiative at AMPP Mandy May, Director, Content Management, Association for Materials Performance and Protection (AMPP) At the February DHUG event, Mandy presented on the content management initiative at the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP).  AMPP is a 2021 merger of SSPC-The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International-The Worldwide Corrosion Authority.  Hear about the progress made including some necessary pivoting in the efforts to bring the content from the two legacy organizations together in one searchable database.  Working toward the ultimate goal of a customer facing content delivery platform (“turning search to found”), the four components in AMPP’s plan (taxonomy, xml conversion, internal repository implementation, and establishment of a publishing platform) will be discussed.
12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch   Grab your lunch and find a group to sit with while you talk taxonomy.
1:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Do Not Fear the AI! A Discussion of Practical and Ethical Uses of AI Chris Rudyj, Director, Electronic Publishing & Product Development, American College of Physicians (ACP) By the time this session description is written, it will be out of date. ChatGPT and Bard exploded on the scene this spring, and both the models and what we know about them are changing every day. We’ve heard about the “dark” side of AI, but there are ways to use it practically and ethically. Hear how ACP is using these and/or other large language models in their workflow, from beginning forays to (perhaps) established practice, and setting up guidelines for proper and ethical use. Chris will show examples of how the use of LLMs started and evolved.
1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Analysis of Large Language Models and How They Relate to Taxonomies Jay Ven Eman, CEO, Access Innovations, Inc.  
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Roundtables or Group Discussions   We will have either roundtable discussions or one group discussion, depending on the number of attendees. Discussions will focus on hot topics in our industry.
3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Networking Break   Refresh and chat with other attendees.
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Now that you’ve published, what do you do with Metadata? Joann Fogelson, Director, Publishing Technology, American Society of Civil Engineers

Like a flower, metadata serves as a supporting structure or framework for the data. It provides additional context, description, and information about the data it accompanies, much like the petals and leaves of a flower enhance and complement its central part, the bloom. By sharing metadata, different stakeholders can gain a better understanding of the data and its context. This enables efficient data integration, analysis, and decision-making processes. Just as sharing a flower can spread its fragrance and beauty, sharing metadata helps spread knowledge and insights derived from the data. When metadata is shared, it becomes a valuable resource for others to discover and access relevant data. Sharing metadata can foster the discovery of related or interconnected data sets, enabling further exploration and understanding. In data governance and management, sharing metadata promotes transparency and accountability. It allows for tracking the origin, lineage, and usage of data, facilitating compliance, auditability, and data quality assurance. Like sharing a flower, sharing metadata fosters trust and collaboration among individuals and organizations.

4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Heather Kotula, VP, Marketing and Communications, Access Innovations, Inc.